Field Hockey: No. 6 Huskies head into first round

Darby Smith controls the ball in a game against Qunnipiac on October 28th. The Huskies won 5-1. (Tyler Benton/The Daily Campus)

This weekend the No. 6 UConn field hockey team (20-1, 7-0) will travel up to Syracuse, NY, for the first round of the NCAA Division I National Tournament.

The Huskies will take on familiar foe No. 11 Boston College on Saturday; faceoff is slated for 2 pm. The first match between these two teams took place on Friday, Oct. 30, when the Huskies escaped Chestnut Hill, Mass., with a 4-3 overtime win.

If UConn can get past the Eagles, they would play the winner of Saturday’s first game, a matchup between No. 3 Syracuse and No. 15 Harvard. The Huskies defeated Harvard in early September by a score of 4-0.

The last time the Huskies opened national tournament play in Syracuse was 2013, the year UConn won their third national championship.

The Huskies are 10-1 in their last eleven national tournament games, including a 2-0 record against Boston College and a 1-1 record against Sunday’s potential opponent, Syracuse.

Boston College is on a two-game losing skid.  The Eagles are coming off a 6-3 defeat in the first round of the ACC tournament to eventual champion Virginia and before that, the overtime loss to UConn. The Huskies are 31-12-1 against the Eagles all time.

UConn junior Charlotte Veitner enters the weekend just one point shy of tying Lauren Henderson’s all-time record of 213 points. Veitner already took over first all-time in assists (48) earlier this season.

If the Huskies happen to win on Saturday, both possible opponents will be tough matchups.

The home team, No. 3 Syracuse (14-3, 4-2 ACC), is coming off an upset loss to Wake Forest in the first round of the ACC tournament. The Huskies have had storied history with Syracuse as of lately, defeating them in the 2014 National Championship game before losing to the Orange in last season’s semifinal.

If the Harvard Crimson manage to pull off the upset, they will be no easy out either. The Crimson are the Ivy League champions and have won 10 of their last 11 games, including a 3-2 win over No. 14 Princeton.


Connor Donahue is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at connor.f.donahue@uconn.edu. He tweets @conn_donahue.